6 Guidelines for Securely Bathing Your Child


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Make sure the bathroom temperature is set to 75⁰ F so your baby doesn’t get chilled before and after the bath. Test the water temperature using your elbow. The water should feel warm, not hot. Never allow the water to keep running when your baby is in the tub because the temperature could drastically change.

To give your baby a sponge bath, you’ll need: A warm place with a flat surface. A bathroom or kitchen counter, changing table, or firm bed will work. Even a blanket A soft blanket, towel or changing pad. Spread it out for your baby to lie on.

A free hand. Always keep one hand on your baby. On a. The water temperature to bathe your baby should be warm, never hot.

The ideal temperature is 98.6°F (between 37°C and 38°C). You can use a bath thermometer to monitor the temperature, or check the. Give your baby a sponge bath until his umbilical cord has fallen off. (If he’s been circumcised, wait until that heals, too.) After that, he’ll be ready for a baby bathtub. Choose one that has a.

You will need to be extra careful when bathing your newborn: Have a towel ready to wrap your newborn in to dry and keep warm right after the bath. Keep your baby’s umbilical cord dry. Use warm, NOT hot, water.

When you want to get out, make sure you pass your baby back to your partner. It can be difficult to get yourself and your baby out together safely. (NHS Choice, 2015) As your little one gets more used to bath time and you become more confident handling them, bathing with your baby becomes lots more fun. This page was last reviewed in October 2017.

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Baby Bathing Safety. Always test the bath water to make sure it is not too hot before setting your baby in the water. Dipping your elbow in the water is a good way to test.

Clean hands: Wash your hands before you take the baby. Their immune system is very immature, maintaining hand hygiene is essential to stop spreading infections.. Use mild soap and warm water to rinse your hands.

Also, keep a sanitizer handy may be used.

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Bathing: Baby’s skin does not need to be washed daily with soap.

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22 Newborns need bathing only once or twice a week.

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A daily bath is not necessary for achieving cleanliness and can do harm by disrupting the integrity of the newborn’s skin.

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Encourage the parents to gather all items needed before starting the bath: a soft, clean washcloth; two cotton balls to clean the eyes; mild, unscented soap and shampoo, towels or blankets; a tub or basin with warm water; a clean diaper; and a change of clothes.

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1 Follow Delegation Guidelines: Bathing an Infant.

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Newborn babies do not get especially dirty, and daily bathing of newborn babies is unnecessary as frequent bathing may disrupt the natural pH of the skin.

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Bathing the baby can be an enjoyable process for all involved but attention must be paid to keeping the baby warm, safe and secure.

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  • Does she really say, “Start with cold water, and then fill up with one TURD?!” Hahaha, got to love the Singaporean accent. ����‍♀️

  • I know that she only added a bit of soap to the water but when was it rinsed off? After I take a bath I usually stand up and rinse off in the shower. Do babies not need to rinse the baby soap off? Is it something in the type of soap used?

  • I’m not pregnant I don’t have any kids,none of my family members are bedridden they are fine but I’ve been watching videos like these for hours lol

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  • A new baby is not allowed to wash him or her because of that umblical code drop off you can use a warm towel until his or her umblical code dropp off so in this video you are wrong sorry for that have you see that baby his reaction?
    He wants to die why his to young to for that do not risk a baby lofe because of you tube.

  • Checking water temperature is confusing,because that particular area u showed have less sensation,dorsal aspect of finger,or palm is right i think. Reply please #Singhealth

  • Such a great video… exactly what they demonstrated at Unitas four days ago when I had my son, I’ve already forgotten the eye cleaning part. Thanks for sharing

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  • I like how they removed all the sounds of the baby bawling, I have a newborn, do all this, with the sound it’s nowhere as easy as this may make it seem ���� that cry is crazy ��

  • No bath shower gels,soaps,creams or lotions for at lest 2months…they do not need it at all and it can cause eczema (out of experience with 2out of 3babies who struggled with eczema while one still is…you can bath in the baby bathtub because it will nit get no infection from the water…she boiled it and then cooled it down so whatever germs surely died…use a bathtub newborn chair for ease at bath time..it is smaller and more contact than a 6m+one…

  • She said a daily bath for your newborn is essential�� um no they don’t need to shower that often every other day is more than enough. It’s not like your newborn is playing in dirt or sweating all day.

  • Message to first time mom
    Avoid bathing your baby if the umbilical cord is still attached.
    A baby can be clean without placing him/her under so much water…..

  • Failed video and wrong advise! You should not put her in water until the umbilical cord drop off otherwise get infection.
    Please stop doing so!!!

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  • Imma watching while quarantine…. So yeah.. it pops out in my mind on how to bath a baby.. I’m still single and not a mom.But I think I am ready to be a mom now ��

  • Y’all are getting so worked up over the umbilical cord getting wet.
    This video was published on Youtube 2 years ago. And if you pay atrention to the video quality, it’s possible that thw video was filmed a long enough time before that. During that time and prior, pediatricians advised parents to clean the cord and its base. Some even advised to dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and to disinfect the base with it!
    Now with newer studies showing up, doctors no longer advise this practice bc the natural bacteria that exists in this area actually help to protect the baby from infection and it also helps to dry it out faster by just leaving it alone and relying on sponge baths until the cord falls off on its own.
    On another note: if you’re going to these kinds of videos for advice on how to care for your newborn babies…
    LOOK AT THE DATES THEY WERE MADE. A lot has changed in the past couple of years, and the best thing you can do is actually ask your doctors or to find videos made within the last year. The newer the video along with the source of information, the better!
    Thanks for coming to my TED Talk!

  • You know what… thats just a baby.. we dont care about seeing its private parts. You should not have blurred it. Cleaning its private parts is way more important than cleaning his/her eyes or other sensible parts too. You should have shown clearly. He/she is just a baby. All we need to know is how to clean ’em soothingly..

  • Oh wow! This is so informative and lovely. I am due on 4th of June, 2020 and this will surely be one of the videos which I would like to come back to in the future. Thanks so much for creating this!

  • Lol I feel the same i was scared to give her a bath from the first day we came home from hospital.. I keep praying to God to guide me while giving her a bath..

  • The umbilical cord falls in 7 days just wait till it falls off! Take some warm water a cash clothe and wash them on a towel only private parts!

  • My baby is 2 months old and she lovvveeess bathing. I gave her the first submersion bath at around 3 weeks and she has loved it ever since. She can literally be screaming while waiting for her bath, and once I put her in, she stops and starts smiling like crazy

  • my son is 4month old and I bathe him 7 times a week or sometimes I give him a bathe one day and the other a sponge bathe…especially if the weather isn’t right 

  • My son spits up so much still so i need to bath him before he goes to bed. Granted he’s only 11 Weeks old he still gets smelly with off smell of sweat and old milk. I normally take a bath with him because it’s more comfortable for both of us. The sinks are too tiny his baby bath tub is just annoying for me to use so i have a little baby chair and bathe him in the tub

  • yay! I requested this video! I am so glad! this was reassuring. however, I still do not know where people get the time to bathe their baby daily. as a working mom bath time options are limited. i’m still maintaining a solid once a week, twice if i’m lucky, schedule. ugh.

  • I can’t get my exclusively breast fed baby to take a bottle at 7 weeks. I have tried Dr. Browns bottles, slow and regular nipple. I have tried warming the nipple. She lets me put it in her mouth but she doesn’t close her mouth or suck and often makes a face like shes disgusted and cries. She also doesn’t take a pacifier. HELP.

  • Before my baby could sit up unassisted, I bathed him 3 times per week. But once he was sitting up…around 5 months…he really enjoyed playing in the water, so I bathed him every night before bed. But I only use shampoo 2-3 tines per week…depending on how much baby food got in his hair:)

  • Hi! Mom to be here. I was just wondering could it be bad for the baby skin if you bathe them everyday? My friends daughter got dry and itchy skin and told her not to bathe her everyday.

  • I used to bath my son (2.5 months) everyday in the morning and if we I didn’t have time I would bath him in the evening…but then I noticed his skin became dry…so now I just bath hi, every two days….but I love bathing him…as you said he smells so delicious lol

  • I bathe my four month old every other day. However, I didn’t know I was supposed to only give a sponge bath until the umbilical cord falls off until my babys cord was gone. I think I heard that the week after. The dr never told us and she was my first. I just put her in the little pink tub and washed away.

  • My son HATED water for the first two moths of life. I could only give him a sponge bath twice a week till then because it was too traumatic for us both. When he got to be about 2.5 moths I was able to start bathing him every morning in a baby tub:). He still will not do water if he is at all tired so bedtime baths don’t work for us yet. I feel like every baby is diffrent and you should work with your child. I still remeber my doctor telling me when he was born how much babies love water and how I should bath him in water everyday (from the time he’s born) (I’m an expat) lol.

  • Hey we in the Caribbean we bath our baby from day one not no wipe off then u dry the baby clean the cord dress the baby and u good to go not all that I see you all doing not bathing baby for so long nah

  • I have 6kids it jyst gets stressful to do every day I do every other day summer more than winter I have kids 9to 5months.We have 5days lol works for us

  • Thanks for sharing this video. Bathing a newborn baby is very delicate to do. The procedure you do is really helpful.


  • What the hell did u do to your eyebrows like that? I think u will look way more beautiful with ur natural brows. Thanks for the video though ������

  • This seems like too much work. Just put the baby in a towel, hold them and clean them with a warm wash cloth. That’s basically all they did anyway. If you want to wash their hair just get someone to help you gently wet their hair over a bowl.

  • I just do not get it? The umbilical is going to fall off regardless of a few baths during this time.
    I bathed my baby in a “normal” baby bath, the 1st bath in icu was “normal”, warm, relaxing, easy. These video’s of babies
    being bathed out of water just looks like torture. They are cold, shivering, and screaming!

    Just dunk em, soap em, dry em, done.

  • How is a baby getting clean i use a batheze its a mesh bed that lays in the bath water baby loves it i wash there whole and there hair